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Where’s the BMJ research? Depends where you look…

After doing a slow burn about a significant library science teaching article  from the BMJ-owned Postgraduate Medical Journal and probably never getting it in PubMedCentral,  I found my way back to the main page of BMJ and saw, I thought, something to credit as accellerating open access: “The BMJ (Impact Factor 13.66) provides open access to [...]

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Wed, September 1 2010 » Uncategorized » 2 Comments

Top-shelf, taxpayer-published open access journals (like EHP)

Recently I was asked in a blog post comment whether taxpayer-sponsored research combined with paying an additional out-of-pocket open access fee to an OA publisher amounts to a double-burden on taxpayers. Good question.  Here’s how I would reply. There is already funding support precedent for either: Using part of the original NIH grant for page [...]

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Fri, August 20 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

Elsevier tests new peer-review….we want open peer review

I noticed in a tweet of a Research Information posting about Elsevier’s new peer-review experiment for Chemical Physics Letters called PeerChoice. On the scale of news,  PeerChoice is a murmur.  Reviewers for  one journal will now have the freedom to choose which articles they would like to review, hopefully matching their expertise and interest, in [...]

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Sat, July 3 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

An open future for JNCI? Now’s the time…

In a story line out of the post- Reagan excesses of substituting the private sector for governement activity, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI), a highly respected research journal for a narrow, exclusive slice of taxpayers, is neither published nor sponsored by the National Cancer Institute(NCI).  It participates in Pubmed Central archiving only at the bare minimum [...]

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Wed, June 23 2010 » Uncategorized » 2 Comments

The Journal of Neurotrauma open option: A tipping point in critical care medicine?

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., has decided to offer an open access option for publications like the Journal of Neurotrauma.  Most, if not all Liebert journals offer authors of accepted articles the opportunity to post their work  free online with immediate unrestricted open access for a $3,000 fee. Subsequent articles using the open access option will receive a [...]

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Fri, June 4 2010 » Uncategorized » 1 Comment

ASM OA journal mBio challenges OA microbiology champion, PLoS Pathogens

The American Society for Microbiology(ASM) is one of the most distinguished and successful biomedical science publishers.  ASM is already a full participant in PubMed Central for all of its non-open journals, offering free access at six months after publication, in effect already complying with the six month intent of the FRPAA legislative proposal. Now an [...]

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Sun, May 16 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

David Lipman on 10 years of Pubmed Central

The YouTube version of Dr. Lipman’s comments (below) is a sample, compared to his extended remarks that can be viewed at the Columbia University Scholarly Communication website.  Have about 50 minutes available for this version. The YouTube version is a 10 minute highlight.

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Wed, May 5 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

2010 Open Access week new twist: Ning Collaboration

The 4th annual open access week will take place October 18-24, 2010. In an effort to build a collaborative environment, the organizers at SPARC have enlisted the Ning social networking  software (note that Ning is announcing the elimination of free Ning networks on May 4th). When you register for access to the Open Access Week [...]

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Sun, May 2 2010 » Uncategorized » No Comments

SCIRUS- drilling into Open Access primary and secondary sources

Scirus, the Elsevier-produced web index targeting the retrieval of over 380 million science-related Web pages, has always been a credible free alternative to the imprecision and paid-advertising  that comes with attempts at scientific retrieval  with basic google. (of course, Google Scholar is where you could go for better peer-reviewed scientific access). It is important to recognize that [...]

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Sun, April 18 2010 » Uncategorized » 1 Comment

Serving up bench science videos… and lessons in the life of science

After the rather depressing post on the struggles of the once-open video journal JoVE, I saw a tweet about something called Benchfly which promised both free science content, science career encouragement,  and a social playground suggesting that scientists need not take themselves too seriously, at least not all the time. So this entertaining and useful [...]

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Wed, April 7 2010 » Uncategorized » 1 Comment